Empowerment of Rural People through MGNREGA with Special Emphasis to Women in Morigaon, Assam
30 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 1, 2013
Inclusive development and welfare of people across communities and gender has become an important issue in recent time. Because of failure of several top down approaches to percolate the development activities undertaken at the upper level towards the bottom lair the 73rd Amendment of the Constitution has been introduced in India to empower people to participate increasingly in their own developmental activities through local self government. Further, it is extended through the people’s participation in recently launched MGNREGA programme, where people across socio-economic groups can take part. Special provisions have been kept to have better working conditions for women and thus to encourage them to be involved in various activities under it and also in the decision making process. It is presumed to improve the standard of living of the rural people through their empowerment economically, socially and politically. The current paper tries to examine the level of empowerment (using various indicators), especially of women through their participation in MGNREGA activities in Morigaon district of Assam after it is lunched in 2006. The analysis is made on the basis of primary data collected from 600 respondents (300 participants and 300 non-participants) on various socio-economic characteristics and its economic, social and political impacts on them.
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